Matthew Shapiro

Matthew Shapiro – Get out of your “Chair”: Shatter your Comfort Zone

Matthew Shapiro is a spirited, charismatic speaker and consultant. Born with cerebral palsy, he entertains and challenges audiences to “become their own wrecking balls” while learning basic disability etiquette, engaging in the intriguing story of Matthew’s life and allowing audience members to break free of their comfort zones by exceeding their personal goals. Matthew’s wheelchair was his safety net. Leaving it caused him tremendous trepidation: He was not fully experiencing life. Through the persuasion of a friend, he attended an event that changed his life FOREVER! He overcame his fears, placing his life in the hands of others. His messages have won him the accolades of many. He was named Style Weekly’s Top 40 Under 40, profiled in Virginia Business Magazine and even served the Obama Administration in the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs.



“Matthew Shapiro did an excellent job of presenting information on disability etiquette.  He used humor and personal examples to ease people into a discussion.  The audience enjoyed the experience.”

 – Shelia Newman – President and Owner, New Editions Consulting, Inc

“You are approachable and informative, well done.”

Vera Thomas,Corporate Philanthropy and Community Partnerships, Dominion Resources Services, Inc.

Great For!

  • Student Orientation/Welcome Week
  • Student Leadership Retreats
  • Student Government Events and Training
  • Alcohol and Drug Awareness
  • Diversity
  • Back to School Events
  • Summer Programs
 Think Global, Book Local! Matthew Shapiro is based out of Richmond, CA